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July’s Wedding Color Inspiration: Navy Blue

July 2nd, 2014

f6d6f90dd975f6252448ebd71ffdc6e5Ah, July, a month full of patriotic spirit, social gatherings, beach days, and color coordinated attire. It’s down right impossible not to fall in love with the excuse to embrace all things blue…especially this month! So, in honor of the coastal appeal of this timeless hue, July’s color inspiration is the ever-so-chic, always classic, navy blue! Let’s face it, this color is always on point—whether in event design or interior design—this classic color creates a variety of ideas with it’s universal appeal. Can you sense our stripe theme as well? The lovely Oscar de la Renta dress below was a second inspiration for July! Happy summer. 

FIORE FUN FACT: Our whole team (literally, everyone at the shop) has a plethora of design & art experience, gathered from years of creative experience, so we’re always inspired by textiles, art, typography, color…so many wondrous things that capture our eyes as artists and we infuse into the designs. That, and a mega dose of happiness is what inspires us daily. Enjoy!

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A Figure 8 Island Style Shoot: Vintage & Romantic

June 11th, 2014

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Working with a range of talented wedding professionals in Wilmington, North Carolina is one of the many lovely perks about being a floral designer; setting up a style shoot at the breathtaking Figure 8 Island Yacht club is just a pretty bonus! This vintage inspired—wildly romantic—intimate wedding shoot was as lovely as it was inspiring. Theo Milo Photography captured all the fine details of the day. Soft, pale shades of pink and yellow roses, tulips, and ranunculus were our main floral inspiration, all romantically set in heirloom china on vintage linens. This shoot was representative of how sweet and timeless can still be breathtaking and lovely.

Our Design Tip of the week: Make use of the unexpected while creating flowers. Look at that gold-rimmed china serving bowl, piled perfectly with fresh blooms…a centerpiece doesn’t always have to be in only a certain container or vase, sometimes the best design details come from using a little imagination. Enjoy.

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Just Peachy: May’s Wedding Color Inspiration

May 7th, 2014

a355d0035ace0b1b4b1f5d0f19cfc5d6There’s something so deliciously delightful about the color peach. Maybe it’s because it can complement many other hues in the wedding color wheel, or because it’s the softer shade of coral, it just emulates a cheerful feeling. As designers, we always have our eyes out for those tiny details that bring a look together, and lately we’ve been swooning over this dreamy color as our month’s inspiration. Whether you display it creatively in its natural fruit form or accent it in the the bridesmaids dresses and flowers, we’re cheering for peach this summer season.

Have you ever met a southerner who doesn’t love a sweet summer peach? Below are some simple ways we love to use this trending color…. it’s just peachy!julielivingstonphotography-3736 copybride and her gals781a4ce16ac55a8f38699c5318e5fd55 cbb58379d19187003477f2215b762b64 bouquetchelsea and logan-007decor8blog

Photo Credit: Julie Livingston Photography, Theo Milo Photography, Jennifer Priddy Photo. Stock: Martha Stewart

A Colorful Celebration: Orange & Turquoise

April 9th, 2014

Carr_Smith_Heba_Salama_Photography_carrwedding606_lowSpring has sprung and we thought it was the perfect time to show off our fun loving May bride’s oceanfront bash. Oh, how color set the tone for this festive wedding! Lauren’s main colors were the delightful Caribbean hues of orange and turquoise, accented with splashes of yellow, green, and pink. This eclectic, creative wedding design centered on the couple’s personal elements of pop art meets beach side, exemplified from the innovative alter to Lauren’s distinct broach bouquet…throw in those beach balls and you have one festive party! What was our favorite detail? Lauren’s conscious choice to incorporate her bold pops of color into every last detail. This wedding takes the cake for its design colorfully representing our delightful couple’s personalities. Enjoy!

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A Well Dressed Man: Color and Boutonnieres

April 2nd, 2014

Nothing is more attractive than a well-dressed man (nothing).  Throw in a boutonniere and we’re left swooning.  In a brides’ world, we thought it was time to shine some light on their handsome other half and show off some great options from rustic & rugged to dapper & distinct. Enjoy this Wedding Wednesday post all about the groom! Swoon. Swoon. Swoon.0820047_Katelyn_and_JeremyTheo_Milo_Photo - CopyElizabeth and Forrest Eric Boneske Photography-29fiore_C_3julielivingstonphotography-4093 copyBrick Landing wedding photos Ocean Isle NCGwyn and Mike-12hollomanfiore_A_3Riley_Wedding-88-1885503512-OPhoto Credit (Alphabetically): Bella Rose, Eric Bonseke, KMI Photography, Millie Holloman, and Theo Milo Photography

Ethereal & Romantic: A Bountiful Garden Deisgn

February 20th, 2014

Natalie and Patrick_Fiore-14 - CopyEthereal. This is the word that always pops into our heads when we see the pictures from our lovely bride, Natalie’s, wedding.  It’s no wonder Style Me Pretty showcased this wildly romantic wedding this past winter (click on link to check it out). With a floral design full of deep coral and blush tones, and a billowy garden look that would make any gardener gush, this wedding takes the cake for whimsical and romantic. Just look below at that marvelous moment captured of this handsome couple walking in the sunlit woods, divine. Natalie’s eye for soft, feminine details were displayed in her wedding party’s delicate chiffon dresses and her floral direction of a “Lush and Natural Garden” aesthetic.  We used bunches (tons) of varying roses, dahlias, anemones, and greens were to perfectly design this lovely bride’s  “Spilling” bouquet. What was our favorite detail? All of it. No joke. We were so taken a back by the utter romance of this wedding design—from the bouquets to the lead arrangements—that to only pick one detail wouldn’t be fair. Natalie’s overall feel was so apparent in her details and design choices we were simply giddy over everything! Enjoy. Natalie and Patrick_Fiore-24Natalie and Patrick_Fiore-22Natalie and Patrick_Fiore-21Natalie and Patrick_Fiore-34Natalie and Patrick_Fiore-11Natalie and Patrick_Fiore-18Natalie and Patrick_Fiore-9 - CopyNatalie and Patrick_Fiore-7 - CopyNatalie and Patrick_Fiore-5 - CopyNatalie and Patrick_Fiore-30VENDOR ACCOLADES: Photographer-Eric Boneske Photography, Wedding Planner Social Butterfly Events, Venue- Brooklyn Arts Center

Eclectic & Enchanting: Mint, Peach and Coral

January 15th, 2014

Elizabeth and Forrest Eric Boneske Photography-19 There is nothing that makes us smile more than a happy bride, and sweet Elizabeth had us grinning from ear to ear! The bride’s overall vision matched her personality to a tee (we love this)! With a design request for a wildflower, eclectic look, we focused on incorporating her color palette of pale peach, yellow and mint into varying textured flowers such as billy balls, succulents and fragrant Juliet cabbage roses. The look was as effortlessly lovely and enchanting as the couple themselves. With a nod to the vintage, varying sized bud vases adorned the family style farm tables and vintage lace table runners. With a hint of playfulness, “LOVE” was spelled out in floating gold letter balloons as one of the many sweet accent details. What was our favorite bit of this Wilmington wedding? Um…hello?! Just look below at that flower girl holding Elizabeth’s bouquet! Now there’s a girl who understands you can never have too much tulle when it comes to twirling on a dance floor. Enjoy!

DESIGNER’S TIP: Never shy away from incorporating your color story into your texture. Elizabeth’s accent color, mint, is a perfect example of when a textured plant, such as a succulent, can be the perfect design element for color and texture.Elizabeth and Forrest Eric Boneske Photography-24Elizabeth and Forrest Eric Boneske Photography-25Elizabeth and Forrest Eric Boneske Photography-13Elizabeth and Forrest Eric Boneske Photography-18Elizabeth and Forrest Eric Boneske Photography-17Elizabeth and Forrest Eric Boneske Photography-3Elizabeth and Forrest Eric Boneske Photography-5Elizabeth and Forrest Eric Boneske Photography-2Elizabeth and Forrest Eric Boneske Photography-10Elizabeth and Forrest Eric Boneske Photography-31Elizabeth and Forrest Eric Boneske Photography-29Elizabeth and Forrest Eric Boneske Photography-12Elizabeth and Forrest Eric Boneske Photography-6VENDOR ACCOLADES: Eric Boneske Photography, Planner: Shindig Events

Our Lovely Wedding Designer’s Divine Wedding Day!

December 18th, 2013

chelsea and logan-018It’s time…We have been sitting (literally) on our hands respectively waiting to show off our very beautiful manager, and lead wedding designer’s, wedding! Chelsea married her main man Logan this past June here in Wilmington, and as expected, our lead wedding designer pulled out all the stops. Their sublime wedding was just featured on the wedding blog A Paper Proposal!

Designing Chelsea’s lush, loose bouquets was beyond memorable. Our design floor was buzzing with anticipation and good vibes as Jean crafted a drool-worthy chandelier of soft sherbet blooms and Kristy joyfully designed bouquets in a soft palate of orange, sherbet hues full of voluminous peonies, roses and blooms. Having a keen eye for style and being a florist (of course) our bride wanted her main color choices to come through in the flowers. Chelsea and Logan’s overall design was as inviting and artistic as the couple themselves.

With such creative DIY details and a nod to southern living (muslin packaged shrimp & grits favors, oh my!) this wedding left guests grinning ear to ear all night. And oh goodness, those personal touches…the monogrammed accents, the custom painted signs, and those romantic flowers accented perfectly by the custom chevron runners. Simply gush-worthy details, all mastered by a wedding designer who understands personal is pretty at it’s best. What was our favorite bit? Logan’s boutonnière, made by his bride, we love this!

CHELSEA’S DESIGNER TIP: “Our wedding was an extension of the style we share.” Weddings are a joyful, intimate celebration all about the couple; so showing off what makes you unique is the best design tip we could share. Enjoy all the loveliness below and check out A Paper Proposal for even more eye-candy on this wedding. chelsea and logan-043 chelsea and logan-050 chelsea and logan-007 chelsea and logan-073 chelsea and logan-023chelsea and logan-017 chelsea and logan-015 chelsea and logan-014 chelsea and logan-072 chelsea and logan-071 chelsea and logan-060 chelsea and logan-024chelsea and logan-091chelsea and logan-006VENDOR ACCOLADES: Photography: Jennifer Priddy Photography, Venue:The Atrium, Wedding Planner: Jill White

Vibrant & Tropical: A Waterfront Wedding

December 4th, 2013

kourtney and jay-012Who needs to travel to the Caribbean for a wedding when you live in Wilmington?! Our September bride’s vivid blooms and picturesque waterfront wedding reminded us of a beach getaway somewhere warm and tropical. With an overall look of beach chic, and texture galore, our design team couldn’t help but smile from ear to ear as each lush and colorful bloom was cheerfully fastened into this design. Just look at that arbor! Filled to the brim with hydrangea, roses, orchids, and lilies, it was the perfect backdrop for this adorable couple’s nuptials. Kourtney and Jay’s sunset color palette was a magnificent choice amongst the blue hues of the intracoastal waterway. What was our favorite part? Hmm…it’s a toss-up between those swoon-worthy orange dahlias’ in Kourtney’s bouquet and this lovely couple’s infectious smiles. It’s a definite tie (wink). No matter what, we knew this wedding was perfect to brighten up your day! Enjoy.kourtney and jay-205kourtney and jay-023kourtney and jay-144kourtney and jay-044 kourtney and jay-015 kourtney and jay-010 kourtney and jay-001VENDOR ACCOLADES: Photography: Jennifer Priddy Photography, Wedding Coordination: A Shindig Southern Events

Beachfront Hues Navy & Green: A Blissful Bash

November 20th, 2013

9605004458-R1-E003This handsome couple made our day, kicking off our summer 2013 season with a wedding located right where we all love to be…the beach! They also were just featured on the blog Equally Wed, a great feature all about their coastal wedding.

Michael & Kyle knew exactly how to complement their breathtaking beach surroundings, incorporating a contemporary twist to the classic colors of navy and green. Their vision was to create an overall look that was as natural as their coastal setting, as well as infuse a modern element for style. And oh boy, did we love designing this wedding! Coastal classic met contemporary seamlessly with voluminous bridesmaids’ bouquets full of lush textures, pops of green viburnum, and the unexpected texture of succulents. They were perfect for those divine midnight blue dresses the bridesmaids donned. Inside the ballroom tall cylinders with willow swirled about, accented by low mirrored cubes of white hydrangea to create a clean but dramatic look.

What was out favorite bit of this wedding? The Grooms’ boutonnieres. Styled to complement this handsome couple’s tailored suits and a nod to southern living, a gardenia boutonniere and a sage & cotton boutonniere were both as sophisticated as the couple were themselves. Congratulations Michael & Kyle!

DESIGNER’S TIP: To envision a clean, cohesive design doesn’t mean it can’t be a show stopper. E.g. You don’t need to add all the trimmings in the box to be fantastic. This couple’s wedding flowers stood out just as much as their quality threads did (literally). Their color scheme and the complementing designs allowed every detail to ‘pop!’-from their setting, to their wedding party’s attire, to their nautical cake. It all seamlessly tied together!

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